Gretchen Wilson

Gretchen Wilson


6/26/1973, Granite City, Illinois

Birth Name

Gretchen Renee Wilson


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Famous for her debut song "Redneck Woman", Gretchen Renee Wilson was born on June 26, 1973, and raised in rural Pocahontas, Ill., 36 miles due east of St. Louis, where numerous trailer parks are clustered among cornfields and pig farms. Her mother was 16 years old when she…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Gretchen dropped out of school in the eighth grade.

    • In 2006, Gretchen signed a deal with Warner Books. The title of her book will be I'll Tell You What a Redneck Woman Is.

    • Gretchen currently lives in Lebanon, TN.

    • Gretchen started working at Big O's bar beside her mother at the age of 14.

    • Gretchen performed at the 2006 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.

    • Gretchen's first hit, "Redneck Woman," in 2004, reached Billboard's #1 faster than any hit since 1992, when Billy Ray Cyrus' song, "Achy Breaky Heart," climbed to #1.

    • Gretchen's mother was only 16 when she was born, and her father left the family when she was only 2 years old. When she was 10, she was forced to help raise her baby brother.

    • Gretchen covered Billie Holiday's song Good Morning, Heartache, as a hidden track on All Jacked Up album. The song was originally written by Billie in 1946.

    • Gretchen has performed live on the 2006 CMT Music Awards, with the song All Jacked Up. in the 2005's ceremony, she performed with I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today.

    • Gretchen, before relocating to Nashville, used to sing every night at the local Big O's bars, earning some tips.

    • Gretchen was nominated for the Video of the Year Award at the April 2006's CMT Music Awards, for the song "All Jacked Up."

    • Gretchen used to sing with bar bands until her twenties.

    • Gretchen performed as a support act for Brooks & Dunn, and for Montgomery Gentry, in order to advance her first album Here For The Party.

    • Singles List:

      Album: Here For The Party
      1. Redneck Woman (2004).
      2. Here for the Party (2004).
      3. When I Think About Cheatin (2005).
      4. Homewrecker (2005).

      Album: All Jacked Up
      5. All Jacked Up (2005).
      6. I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today (2005).
      7. Politically Uncorrect (2006).
      8. California Girls (2006).

    • Gretchen was a member of MuzikMafia, an informal Country group, that was meeting every week, writing and singing altogether. She was added by John Rich, ex-member of Lonestar.

    • Gretchen is nicknamed "Redneck Woman", after her first hit single, that was #1 on the US Country Chart.

    • Gretchen's first album, Here For The Party, peaked to #2 on the US Albums Chart, and sold 4.3 million copies, making it Platinum x4.

    • Gretchen's hit, Politically Uncorrect, features the legendary Merle Haggard, one of Bakersfield sound creators.

    • Gretchen was awarded Breakthrough Artist of the Year in the 2004's American Music Awards.

    • Gretchen has a dog called Sanford.

    • Gretchen tours with a bus called "Bus 27" - 27 is her lucky number, and it's also her age when giving birth to Grace.

    • She is the 2005 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year.

    • Gretchen has a daughter named Grace Frances Penner who was born in 2000. The father is Mike Penner.

  • Quotes

    • Gretchen Wilson: What I'm doing has definitely been done before, it just hasn't been done in a long time. It's not perfect and it's not glamorous.

    • Gretchen Wilson: (about Kenny Chesney's Marriage to Renée Zellweger) I think they jumped in head-first and then realized that they, you know, maybe should have gotten to know each other a little bit more first.

    • Gretchen Wilson: Each man creates his own destiny. It's up to you what you're going to do with your life. It's not up to anybody else.

    • Gretchen Wilson: It became apparent to me really fast that I wasn't going to be able to make a living and pay my bills playing on Broadway.

    • Gretchen Wilson: (about featuring Merle Haggard on Politically Uncorrect) It's un-believable, just the feeling that overcomes me as soon as his vocal kicks in on that, it's like 'Oh, my God, I can't believe that's him!'.

    • Gretchen Wilson: The great thing is getting to play for 8, 10, 12,000 people every night, ... Stepping out on stage and singing for everybody is what it's all about. It's awesome.

  • Sings from the heart.

    What I really enjoy about Gretchen Wilson is that a lot, if not all of the songs she writes are about what has happened through out her life. It is in this way that I find her down to earth, because there are many people who can relate to her, just look at her breakout hit "Redneck Woman". It shows that not all women have supermodel looks or lives. Another thing that I think is great about Gretchen moved from being a tending bar in Illinois to how she is now living out her dreams in Nashville. I hope that Gretchen Wilson stays around the country music scene for many years to come.moreless